Title: Binky Under Pressure
Author: Ashley Spires
Publisher: Kids Can Press
May Contain Spoilers
In Binky’s third adventure, our intrepid, sometimes accident-prone hero is shaken out of his routine when he’s forced to contend with Gracie, a dainty striped foster kitty who comes to live at Binky’s space station (aka his home at 42 Sentinel Parkway). Binky instantly resents the new arrival, whose cute face and perfect manners are downright annoying. Indeed, Gracie seems too perfect. So Binky decides to do some undercover investigating and discovers a shocking truth about the family guest. Soon Binky is thrust full-throttle into a situation that puts all his Space Cat skills to the ultimate test!
Binky’s back for another humorous adventure, and this time around he has a companion. A decidedly unwanted companion, in the form of foster kitty Gracie. When Binky’s beloved humans introduce him to his new room mate, he’s apprehensive at first, and then plain annoyed. She’s eating his food, using his litter box, and playing with his best friend! How could they do this to him? Taking matters into his own furry paws, Binky explains to Gracie that there just isn’t room in the space station for both of them. Then Gracie pulls out her triumph card – she’s a member of F.U.R.S.T., and she outranks him!
I loved this outing for Binky. Gracie is there to evaluate him, and report back about his worthiness to keep his space cat card. Binky being Binky, it’s kind of touch and go as he blunders his way through one test after another. It’s only after an actual alien invasion that he’s finally able to strut his space cat stuff and save the day, with some team work with his CO.
The art showcases Ashley Spires’ distinctive comedic look. Binky’s plump torso and triangle shaped head mask a skilled warrior who deals death to alien invaders with little hesitation. Gracie is drawn with more cunning lines, and at first, I doubted her ability to commander a well-run space station like Binky’s. A little adversity and a stealth invasion pushed those thoughts right out of my mind.
If you are looking for a chuckle worthy escape from the stress of your day, grab one of the Binky books and be prepared to laugh. A lot. If you want to laugh even more, read them aloud. To anything. Make sure you vocalize the sound effects. You’ll be rolling around on the floor, even the dog isn’t quite as amused as you are.
Review copy provided by publisher